Who Can Join a Corporate Board?

Board service is becoming an increasingly attractive career option. Although the traditional director is an ex-CEO or other high-level executive, professionals from all fields can leverage their skills to earn a board position. This chapter outlines how various professionals, such as entrepreneurs, academics, financial professionals, private equity professionals, engineers and other technical professionals, and lawyers can contribute to a board. Finally, this chapter also addresses the myth of being too young or too old to become a director.

The main takeaway from this chapter is that diversity of thought is a plus for all boards and having a diverse background may be useful for a prospective director. ...

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